If you’ve read any of Bonnie Burton‘s work before, you know she’s all about girl power and geekdom. Her Star Wars Craft Book is magical, in case you’re wondering, and Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change is a brilliant piece of writing about why we turn against each other and how to fix it. Burton’s latest work, Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy is something I think you guys are going to love. With a foreword by Felicia Day, the book is filled with amazing projects including tampon art, super-heroine wrist cuffs and power panties. Crafting With Feminism has everything you need for an adult sleepover, so grab your best lady buddies, a lot of wine and raid the craft store.
First, let me give you the official description:
This is what a feminist crafter looks like! Crafting with Feminism features 25 irreverent and easy-to-make projects that celebrate everything that rocks about girls, gals, and badass women. Wear your ideology on your sleeve by creating fierce custom merit badges. Prove that the political is personal with DIY power panties. Get cozy with a handmade Huggable Uterus Body Pillow, or craft heroine finger puppets to honor great women like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Frida Kahlo, and bell hooks. Featuring tips on everything from beginner sewing stitches to building a kickin’ party playlist, and a totally empowering forward from “Queen of Geeks” Felicia Day, this book has everything you need for an awesome crafternoon.
The crafts range from simple to medium difficulty and the instructions are easy and clear. Some of them couldn’t be more timely, including “Pussy Power Panties” and a felt woman with a “vote” sash. I mean, seriously, with #Repealthe19th trending and everything the giant rotting Cheeto said on that tape, we need this book! Plus, vagina tree ornaments? Come on! How can you not have that? It’s got a feminist playlist for parties, party ideas and inspiring quotes all over the place.
The books is a blast and the crafts are wonderful, but there is something more important here. Feminism isn’t a bad word, despite some tweets to the contrary. Half of the time, when I say the word or mention things like tampons, equality–I get a terrible response, mostly because people are uncomfortable. It’s time to make the word comfortable to talk about again. So, go make your give women the vote puppets and check out the recommended reading. Be proud of who you are and have fun with that. I absolutely recommend this book!
Ladies, if you throw a crafty lady party, please send pics of your crafts to @LegionofLeia! I want to see them all! You can pick up the book on Amazon at the link below. Happy crafting!